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Rainbow Bridge National Monument Closed

September 13
19:01 2013
Rainbow Bridge Monument Closed

Rainbow Bridge Monument Closed

A trail washout after heavy rains fell in the area over the last several days has closed Rainbow Bridge National Monument indefinitely. The damage includes a complete loss of approximately 150 feet of trail between the dock and the first shade structure, with a 21 foot drop-off into Bridge Creek.  Debris has collected at the mouth of the creek and will need to be removed from the dock area.  Crews assessed the damage on Thursday and plans are underway to develop a temporary trail until a more permanent trail can be constructed.

The Chains area near the dam is is still closed to vehicular traffic due to rains.  Several feet of sand and mud were deposited on some areas of the road, while in other areas the water cut down through the dirt, making the road impassable.  Visitors can still access the Hanging Garden Trail by walking in from the parking lot near the gate.

Lees Ferry also received heavy rains, but crews have been able to remove the boulders and debris from roadways and all lanes and facilities are open, with the exception of the parking area near Paria Canyon.

The National Park Service reminds everyone that flash floods can happen very quickly and it is important to be aware of your surroundings and the weather for an extended area.

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